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Preparing for extreme heatwaves.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2018 4:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Although THIS heatwave appears to be over, it is worth reviewing preps for future events.

Extreme heat is a greater risk in the south east, and greater still in urban heat islands.
Most members of these forums are hopefully already equipped with reserves of food and water.
Remember though that you will need to drink at least twice as much water as in more temperate conditions.
Tap water is fine IF AVAILABLE but do keep a stock of bottled water as well in case mains water is not available.
I favour carbonated water in glass bottles for reserve drinking water, glass wont taint the water, and the internal pressure if still present when the bottle is opened, provides reassurance that it was still sealed.

Food intake can be slightly reduced unless already below a healthy weight.
Remember that cold food is often preferable to avoid heat from cooking.

A good quality, full sized, battery operated fan is a prudent prep. These don't seem very readily available in the UK. Do not forget batteries for at least 100 hours operation.
Preferably get one that can use disposable cells or an external 12 volt battery, a vehicle battery will serve in an emergency.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2018 11:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

On BBC Radio 4 yesterday they were talking of temperatures of up to 35°/36°C next week.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2018 4:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

emordnilap wrote:
On BBC Radio 4 yesterday they were talking of temperatures of up to 35°/36°C next week.


Indeed, and whilst it might not get quite that hot, 33 degrees is expected in London, and an official heatwave warning has been issued for parts of the South East.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2018 5:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

adam2 wrote:
emordnilap wrote:
On BBC Radio 4 yesterday they were talking of temperatures of up to 35°/36°C next week.


Indeed, and whilst it might not get quite that hot, 33 degrees is expected in London, and an official heatwave warning has been issued for parts of the South East.


Yes not a great time to visit the big smoke where the effect of the heat is exacerbated by poor air quality. I have photo somewhere, taken from the upper deck of a bus at Archway, of the cloud of ughh hanging over the city and west end during the summer of 1976.

Anybody planning to compete in the Olympic Games in Tokyo may be wondering at the wisdom of such a move.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/23/japan-heatwave-prompts-concern-over-conditions-for-2020-olympics
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2018 1:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Potemkin Villager wrote:
Anybody planning to compete in the Olympic Games in Tokyo may be wondering at the wisdom of such a move.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/23/japan-heatwave-prompts-concern-over-conditions-for-2020-olympics


Pele says that Qatar heat is 'no problem' for 2022 World Cup Smile
https://www.arabianbusiness.com/qatar-heat-is-no-problem-for-2022-world-cup-pele-512763.html
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2018 3:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The day is coming when outdoor sporting and athletics competitions will have to be held only in cooler countries.

It is of course possible to air condition a football stadium, but the energy consumption and capital costs would be enormous.

Events involving running or cycling on public roads ideally need cold but not frosty conditions.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2018 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

vtsnowedin wrote:
adam2 wrote:


Milk yields have increased, as has the milk price.


I am a bit surprised at that. Even with excellent feed and copious amounts water available dairy cows will tend to take it easy during the heat of the summer. Excellent herd management if they have just maintained spring production levels, much more if they have achieved an increase. Shocked


Excellent herd management of course Very Happy

None of the milk is sold for drinking, it is all processed into cream cheese, so a high butter fat content is more important than yield in litres.
The butter fat content determines the price.

In summer, a very little prepared cattle feed is fed to supplement grazing on grass.
In winter, cattle feed and field beans are fed and some silage.

My friends are the first farmers to keep cows on this land in living memory. Historically it has been used for sheep farming.
Arable farming was tried in the last war, with disappointing results. My friends grow some crops, but mainly for their own table, and for winter animal feed, not for sale.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2018 7:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

adam2 wrote:
vtsnowedin wrote:
adam2 wrote:


Milk yields have increased, as has the milk price.


I am a bit surprised at that. Even with excellent feed and copious amounts water available dairy cows will tend to take it easy during the heat of the summer. Excellent herd management if they have just maintained spring production levels, much more if they have achieved an increase. Shocked


Excellent herd management of course Very Happy

None of the milk is sold for drinking, it is all processed into cream cheese, so a high butter fat content is more important than yield in litres.
The butter fat content determines the price.

In summer, a very little prepared cattle feed is fed to supplement grazing on grass.
In winter, cattle feed and field beans are fed and some silage.

My friends are the first farmers to keep cows on this land in living memory. Historically it has been used for sheep farming.
Arable farming was tried in the last war, with disappointing results. My friends grow some crops, but mainly for their own table, and for winter animal feed, not for sale.
Back in my high school days (69 -73) in the Ag class we learned how to test milk for butter fat content. As I remember parts of it now it involved a weak acid and a centrifuge. My farther at one time (before my birth) had a herd of Jerseys that tested six percent.
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